Tim Etchells & Victoria (GB/B) Biografie
That Night Follows Day
80% theatre
20% literature

In the beginning an image: Seventeen children between eight and fourteen years old, arranged as a formal group, in strict rows, face forward. As so often to be seen in class photos, as choir members or football teams. An image of discipline, an image of performers in a strict arrangement, ready to speak, to sing, to play and – always implicit – to please.
It is an image that will change in the course of the evening, playfully, inevitably.
“That Night Follows Day” starts out from observations as to how the adult world shapes the world of children. A play for adults, performed by children.
Although Tim Etchells – author and director of the style-forming British company Forced Entertainment – has been shaping the international theatre scene for years, “That Night Follows Day” is something new: While the Belgian production platform Victoria has already caused a stir with notable works for young performers, this is Etchells’ first play with children. With humour and great clarity, the evening explores the economies of parenthood, upbringing, discipline, control and care that define the adolescents’ worlds.
As so often in his equally poetical and analytical works, Etchells also turns the spotlight on the actual situation of the performance:
In “That Night Follows Day”, this revolves around the social and aesthetic construction that makes adults the audience, listening to children and adolescents on stage as they talk about the way adults project their
world onto them. But also about how both – adults and children – are imprisoned and shaped by language when they imagine and try to appropriate their own future.

Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Victoria Gent, Festival d’Automne Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris & Productiehuis Rotterdam
Supported by KunstenFESTIVALdesArts Brüssel, Fierce Earth Birmingham & Theaterfestival Spielart München

Fri 21/09, Sat 22/09 & Sun 23/09, 7.30 pm

In Flemish language with German and English subtitles

Talk following the second performance

Next Liberty Jugendtheater
Concept / Text / Direction
Tim Etchells

Tessa Acar, Hannah Bailliu, Michiel Bogaert, Spencer Bogaert, Lina Boudry, Taja Boudry, Tristan Claus, Amber Coone, Tineke De Baere, Florian De Temmerman, Yen Kaci, Lana Lippens, Jérôme Marynissen, Aswin Van de Cotte, Viktor Van Wynendaele & Ineke Verhaegen

Set design
Richard Lowdon

Costume design
Ann Weckx

Light design
Nigel Edwards

Niels Jeven & Piet Deportere

Forced Entertainment